Wikipedia editors have requested that the Wikimedia Foundation stop accepting cryptocurrency donations. The foundation received crypto donations worth about $130,000 in the most recent fiscal year—less than 0.1 percent of the foundation's revenue, which topped $150 million last year.

The WMF began accepting Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum donations in 2014.

"We are making this decision based on recent feedback from those same communities. Specifically, we will be closing our Bitpay account, which will remove our ability to directly accept cryptocurrency as a method of donating," the foundation said in an update.

Wikipedia editor GorillaWarefare (aka Molly White) wrote a proposal for the foundation to stop accepting cryptocurrencies, calling them "extremely risky investments." She also pointed out that they may not align with the foundation's commitment to environmental sustainability, as annual crypto production uses more energy than entire countries. White also cited the Mozilla Foundation's change of heart in its decision to accept Bitcoin after facing a heavy backlash from users.

Ultimately, 232 longtime editors of Wikipedia voiced support for ending cryptocurrency donations, while 94 opposed the move.

Votes like this aren't binding on the Wikimedia Foundation. Legally speaking, the foundation is independent of the Wikipedia community and doesn't necessarily have to act on its requests.

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